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Bank of San Mateo County and Fitzpatrick Building

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1900

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This stop is the Bank of San Mateo County and the Fitzpatrick Building. Edward F. Fitzpatrick, son of an Irish immigrant, became a prominent lawyer. In 1905, he hired noted architect Alfred I. Coffey to design a commercial building on one of the lots. Fitzpatrick's offices were on the top floor. Andrew Walsh moved his historic Pioneer Drug Store into the ground floor. Eventually, Young's Drugs moved into Walsh's space. There is no clear architectural style, but there seem to be influences of Richardsonian Romanesque and Chicago School. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bank of San Mateo County was incorporated in 1891 by banker and financier Louis Behrens. He was a powerful factor in the development of Redwood City and the peninsula and intitially ran the bank from the Capitol Hotel. This building was constructed in 1900 and was the first commercial bank in the County. It suffered major damage during the 1906 earthquake, but was later rebuilt and served as a bank until 1967. Judge Fitzpatrick, a member of a pioneering Redwood City family, later purchased the property. Known today as the historic Fitzpatrick Building, it houses professional offices. 

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